Mobile unit in town to assist veterans


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent



A special group within the U.S. Veterans Administration is coming through Henry County this week to meet with veterans in need of special assistance.

A Mobile Vet Center will be open today at the American Legion in McDonough from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the same time Friday at the Hampton Depot. All veterans are invited to stop by.

This unique vehicle is designed “to provide access to VA benefit and mental health care for combat veterans in rural areas,” according to VA statement.

The 38-foot mobile counseling center features two private offices as well as satellite and Internet services to connect with VA medical centers from anywhere. There are also HD flat-screen TVs for training and educational videos, and the unit has wheelchair accessibility including a lift. It is staffed by a full-time veteran driver and social worker/counselor.

“We are the people in the VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner,” said a VA spokesperson. “Vet center staff understand and appreciate veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.”

Vet centers are designed to provide quality community-based care in a cost-effective manner that honors and respects the service of the nation’s veterans and their families.

The Vet Center program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam-era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. Vet Centers are community-based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. The family members of combat theater veterans may also be eligible for Vet Center services as well.

Readjustment counseling services provided by mobile vet centers include the following: individual counseling; group counseling; marital and family counseling; bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for VA benefits; employment counseling, guidance and referral; substance abuse screening and referral; information and referral to community resources; sexual trauma counseling and referral; community education.

For more information, visit www.va.gov/rcs or the “Vets for a Change” Facebook page.